Wednesday, April 25, 2012
California Advances Wounded Warrior Legislation
Sacramento -Senator Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach) announced today Senate Bills 1287 and 1288 have passed the Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee without any opposition. The bills would allow the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) to issue reduced cost sport fishing and hunting licenses to recovering active duty wounded warriors.
"I am extremely pleased that my colleagues have demonstrated their dedication to wounded members of the military by unanimously passing SB 1287 and SB 1288 out of committee today," said Harman. "These measures will ensure that active duty military personnel who have service and combat related injuries are eligible for the same reduced cost sport fishing and hunting license as our disabled veterans."
Current law allows DFG to issue reduced cost sport fishing and hunting licenses to disabled military veterans. However, those in uniform who remain in active service and who are participating in therapy for their injuries are currently not covered by present law and thus not recognized by DFG. SB 1287 and SB 1288 remedy this disparity and allow DFG to recognize both veterans and wounded warriors equitably.
"In the spirit of that famous Marine Corps motto: the honor, courage and commitment of these men and women should be recognized by Californians individually and collectively as a state. Transitioning back to civilian life or back to active duty while struggling with severe injuries sustained in the course of serving one's country deserves nothing less than our full support," Harman continued. "I hope that California can set a standard that will be emulated by all other states,"
Wounded Warrior programs are operated by the United States Armed Services to care for active duty service members during their long transition from service and combat-related injury to civilian life or back to their units. A significant part of the healing process for wounded warriors is enabling and encouraging them to experience some of the recreational activities they enjoyed prior to their injury or illness.
The legislation will now go to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Senator Harman represents the communities of Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Rossmoor, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine, Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and portions of Buena Park, Garden Grove, Santa Ana and Westminster. To learn more about Senator Harman, please visit his website at http://cssrc.us/web/35/